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by taxpayers when they were trouble should show some compassion for struggling americans. >> they don't care. it's an opportunity for the banks to gouge the public. >> reporter: now congress is talking about accelerating reforms or freezetion interest rates. the study finds that every mngt of delay costs parker and other consumers hundreds of millions of dollars. lisa myers, nbc news, silver spring, maryland. stay with us everyone. "news4 today" continues now at 5:00 a.m. time is money, at least that's the idea behind a new shortcut in the work, why it could make your commute a lot priceier. smart move. metro is making changes to the smart benefits program. how that could hit you in the wallet. soggy start.
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rain, rain and more rain. we'll find out what impact that's having on your morning commute. good morning everyone. welcome. we're glad you're with us. i'm barbara harrison. good morning to you. i'm joe krebs on this wednesday. it's the 28th day of october. let's take a look outside. looks like the rain has dissipated a little bit after really coming down hard overnight. 57 degrees at ronald reagan washington national airport. >> has it dissipated, tom? or is it still hanging in there? still coming down scattered, not the broad area of heavier, steadier rain we had. take a look at radar six hours ago. we were covered with rain across virginia, maryland, west virginia and then over the last six hours, most of that has now pulled off to our north and east. behind that area of steadier rain we have a few scattered showers across northern virginia, west virginia, maryland and the district. we may have a few lingering showering this morning. by noontime, a little sun coming up. by mid afternoon, partly cloudy. by sunset it will be near 60. overnight tonight clouds return.
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should be a cloudy start to the day tomorrow in the low 50s. overall mostly cloudy thursday and friday. highs both days in the low 60s. then for halloween for saturday, looks like a chance of a passing shower. doesn't look like it's going to be wet all day, just maybe a passing shower. and temperatures rising to around 70 or so during the afternoon. milder weather coming in. chances are trick or treaters may be dry by saturday evening and just a chance of a passing shower. we'll take a look at sunday and into the first part of next week coming up this next half hour. my next update is at 5:11. stay tuned. thanks very much. let's go to jerry edwards and the news4 traffic network. >> good morning. we'll start along i-95 in virginia. weather will be an issue this morning. a little extra travel time. yesterday was pretty difficult. let's hope we do better. this is 95 northbound headed out of new inning ton through springfield with lanes open. south of town to the well son bridge, no incidents. southeast we're okay.
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out of southern maryland routes 5, 4, 301 doing all right. no hang-ups on 66 or the dulles toll road. barbara and joe, back to you. >> thanks, a lot. this morning a developing story out of san francisco where the bay bridge remains shut down after a cable snapped. the 5,000 pound piece of metal fell onto the westboundlanes. two vehicles were either hit by that piece of equipment or they collided with the debris. no one was injured. authorities say the cable snapped in the same section of a bridge where a big crash occurred earlier this month. breaking news from afghanistan at this hour. more violence at the hands of the taliban in the capital of kabul. kimberly suiters is in the newsroom with the latest on this. kimberly? >> good morning, joe. this is a home where you nighted nations staffers were known to have lived. in all the attack claimed 12 lives. six u.n. staffers were among
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those killed in the attack by suicide bombers. three gunmen with automatic weapons and suicide vests stormed a guest house in kabul. the u.n. staffers were known to stay right there. another nine u.n. employees were injured in thisattack. all three gunmen died and the taliban has claimed responsibility for it. later a rocket slammed into a l luxury hotel that is very popular with foreigners. fortunately that rocket failed to detonate. i've live in the newsroom, joe, back to you. >> kimberly, thanks very much. this morning we're connected to your commute. would you pay $6.00 to avoid big backups? tonight you can make your voices heard about what could be some of the costliest tolls in the country. we're talking about the intercounty connector under construction right now. it will eventually connect gaithersburg and laurel. the convenience could shet you back about 35 cents per mile.
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tracee wilkins is standing by live. she has more on the story. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, joe. the icv is coming it is going to be a toll road. officials have some idea of how much they want to charge. now they want to hear from the public as well. the icc is quickly moving forward and taking shape. a $2.56 billion six-lane highway. it will be the new connection between montgomery and prince george's. it will be a toll road with variable costs depending on traffic volume. the proposed tolerates are the highest in the country as it stands. during rush hour, the maryland transportation authority board is recommending tolls range from 25 to 35 cents per mile and 20 do 30 cents during nonpeak. driving the full 18.8 miles could cost as much as $6.15 each way. but officials say most commuters aren't expected to drive the full 18 miles. now they want feedback on these proposed costs. >> what we have done is announced a range, a range for
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peak and off-peak, and it will be within that period -- within that range is what we're expecting. we're just -- we want to find out from the public what do you think of that range, how it's going to affect you. >> reporter: tonight they have a meeting going on at hide point high school from 6:00 until 9:00 in beltsville. tomorrow night at shady drove middle school in galthers berg. that one also will be going on from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. we suggest if you're interested in these toll prices that you show up. tracee wilkins, live in beltsville, back to you in the studio. >> thanks very much, tracee. this morning flags are flying at half staff at the drug enforcement agency as three members killed in afghanistan are remembered. chad michael of quantico and special agent forest lemon of dale city were all killed on monday. they died in a helicopter crash that also claimed the life of seven u.s. service members. the men were in the country to fight against the opium trade
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which often funds insurgent activity. >> it is a solemn day for us here. it's a difficult loss to have three agents, particularly these three who had worked so hard -- >> the cause of that helicopter crash remains under investigation. president obama is closer to making a decision about what to do about u.s. troops in afghanistan. he's set to meet with joint chiefs of staff on friday. the top u.s. military commander in afghanistan wants 40,000 more troops. the president made it clear that an immediate withdrawal is not in the cards. new today, a small explosion overnight inside an apartment building in northwest. it happened at 1501 connecticut avenue. there were no injuries and only minor damage. still no word of a cause. 5:07. 57 degrees. where you can get your hands on the swine flu vaccine today and who in the white house has already been vaccinated. plus sarah palin has a bach deal.
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how much she got paid before her memoir hit the store shelves. traffic and weather on the
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>> sounds pretty good, tom. tell us about the weather. this morning we have lingering rain and we've had the overnight steadier rain. the heavier rain pulling north and east of washington. still a few scattered showers. you see the areas of in the northern neck of virginia through southern maryland and the district, across maryland as well as shenandoah valley and the panhandle of west virginia. these are the totals we've had over the last couple days, an inch to as enough as 2 1/2 has fallen over the area. temperatures in the low 50s around the shenandoah valley and blue ridge. mid and upper r50s near washington. on the eastern shore the heavier rain is far north and east of us. for the rest of the day, we may get sun back with highs in the mid 60s. and for halloween, mike, might get a passing shower. look at sunday and into next week in ten minutes. >> thank you, tom.
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let's go to jed who is look at the roadways out there jerry. any early problems? >> unfortunately we have one accident reported on the beltway north of town, reported to be on the outer loop of the beltway, either just before or just after connecticut avenue. i'm getting conflicting information. fire and rescue crews headed over there right now. elsewhere as we get under way, wilson bridge tafk is under way. 95 and 395 already building. a few folks getting an early start this morning. i 270, i 70 so far is incident free. >> thank you, jerry. our time is 12 minutes after 5:00. disappointed with the skins? the other football game in washington and why that one was actually worth watchg. and"this is it." how michael jackson fans are getting one last blast of entertainment from the king of pop.
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good morning. if you're just now joining us, kimberly suiters in the newsroom. these are some of the top stories our news team is working on at this hour. first to metro. big changes coming your way to the smart benefits program. more than 200,000 people use it. it allows employers to deposit commuting money directly into an employee's smart trip card. under the new system the money will be put into a separate account. whatever is not used at the end
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of the month will be returned to the employer. aviation officials revoked the licenses of two northwest airlines pilots who overshot their destination by about 150 miles. an attorney for the faa say it is pilots put their passengers in serious jeopardy. the pilots told investigators they were not sleeping, but riveted by their personal laptop computers. the pilots now have ten days to appeal the decision. both candidates f virginia governor focusing on the northern part of the state today. republican bob mcdonnell in the lead will visit the green spring retirement community in springfield this morning. campaigning with him, former new york city mayor rudy giuliani. the latest poll has mcdonnell leading the race by 11 points. calling on his supporters to ignore those numbers claiming they're exaggerated, democrat creigh deeds will make several stops today at northern virginia community college in sterling, also stops in reston and vienna. this comes on the heels of a
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large rally in norfolk yesterday where deeds was joined by president obama and former virginia governor tim kaine who is suffering from a very bad cold. back to you. to the swine flu, today montgomery county, another chance to get the vaccine. today's clinics are only for folks ages 2-24 and only the nasal spray vaccine will be offered. north wood, rockville and northwest high schools will host the clinics today from 4:00 in the afternoon until 8:00 in the evening. new rules take effect at several hospitals today that could help keep some visitors out. mary washington hospital and stafford hospital will have color-coded signs to notify visitors of fluconditions. green will be the least restrictive, meaning visitors who have any flu-like symptoms will be barred. yellow will prohibit visitors under the age of 18. red means only spouses, significant others, parents or caregivers will be allowed. it also means no overnight
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visitation. the swine flu vaccine has come to the white house now. president obama's daughters, sasha and malia are now vaccinated. the first daughters got the vaccine last week after it became available in the district. the centers for disease control recommends everyone between the ages of six months and 24 years of age get vaccinated. the president and first lady have not yet received their swine flu shots. this morning a prince george's county family continues to look for their missing son. 16-year-old richard lee knot of temple hills have been missing for six months. his family last saw him friday, april 24th. he went out to the night and never returned. richard's mom received a letter from his mom two days after he disappeared. >> richard said, mom, i'm okay. i got to get myself together. i'm going to go back to school. and he said he loved me, and that was it. >> since then, no contact with the missing teen.
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prince george's county investigators say they've got a few leads. they're working with maryland state police. and baltimore county is also focusing on the investigation. today fourteens accused of vandalizing a prince william county elementary school will appeal the recommendation to expel them for an entire year. police say the teens used pieces of landscaping sod to form a swastika and spell out kkk in a parking lot in manassas. the teens attend stonewall jackson high school and have been suspended since the august 25th incident. tonight a school board committee will decide whether the boys will be allowed back in school. d.c. police chief cathy lanier is holding a special meeting to discuss safety concerns. last week a teenager was shot in the parking lot of the safe way grocery store on georgia avenue. metro police will have an update on that shoot together day.
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they'll discuss safety concerns and gang activity. the meeting takes place at 7:00 p.m. tonight at 801 shepherd street. roger goodell is expected to tell congress that the league will provide free medical care to players with head injuries. a recent study found that retired football players have a higher than average rate of als himer's disease or other memory problems. there are currently 56 players who have reported dementia. the nfl is also working on new rules aimed at reducing contact to the head and neck and on improved helmets. led by gilbert arenas the wizards win their season opener 101-92. the capitols had a winning night as well, came from behind to beat the flyers 4-2. here is lindsay czarniak with your sports minute. good morning everybody. your sports minute begins with the wizards season opener last night. in dallas new head coach flip
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san durs and his chargers played well against the mavericks chblts arenas 29 points and dished out nine assists while foy and blatche had huge nights off the bench. 101-92 ove dallas. to the ice, the capitols were home against the flyers. the caps spotted philly a two goal lead. the alexes led them come back, ovechkin scored twice. semen scored the game winner as washington wins the fifth in the row. the redskins are on their bye, and they're thankful. they got tough news before the break. chris cooley broke his ankle monday night. at first redskins believe he would be done for the season. late yesterday they learned it might not be as bad as originally thought. cooley could miss as little as four weeks. cooley will have surgery this morning. the redskins may have an interesting choice to make. that's your sports minute. i'm lynd si czarniak.
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have a great day. members of congress made bipartisan history on the football team. the congressional football team beat the capital police in the cops versus congress charity flag football game. the bipartisan team of 18 congressmen won 32-26 in overtime at the d.c. armory stadium. former nfl players joined the conditioningal team this year. the team went through three weeks of early morning practice sessions. proceeds went to charity. >> what? professional players joined the congressional team? that's what you call ringers. >> i guess that's what you call them. 5:21. time for traffic and weather on the ones. >> tom, good morning again. >> that steadier, heavier rain we had overnight has pushed north and east of the metro area. we have a few scattered areas of light to moderate rain, into the eastern panhandle of west virginia. look a the totals we've had. almost two inches in washington and nearby suburbs as well.
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two to 2 1/2 inches to the west and north. temperatures in the 50s around the region. 57 in washington. over the last six hours, this heavier rain is pulling up into new jersey around new york city. could be flight delays from new yorko boston. for us for today, we'll have a little sunshine breaking out. afternoon highs reaching the mid 60s. tomorrow and friday, mostly cloudy, highs low 60s. over the weekend, could get passing showers on saturday. for halloween, looks like the evening may be dry. otherwise a passing shower possible. then maybe a posing shower sunday. monday and tuesday the sun returns. all those leaves on the road making for real treacherous drive together day, i guess even more so. the more it rain, the more they come. >> it could be a tough commute again. wanted to show you southeast washington, give you close-up of the roadways here and the conditions. we had a report of a power outage around the banneker area around the school over there.
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be careful. right now it looks like we're okay at bennett and southern getting through southeast. let's see how we're doing along interstate 66 inside the beltway. no worries so far. travel lanes are open. out on the rails doing pretty well as we get under way. metro, vre and marc all reporting no early issues. barbara and joe, back to you. thank you, jerry. 5:23. 57 degrees out there. it pays to go rogue. how much sarah palin is making off her new book even before it arrives in stores. how michael jackson fans are getting an up close and personal look at the king of pop.
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michael jackson fans are lining up at theaters across the country to see the latest tribute to the king of pop. "this is it," a film documenting the final rehearsals for his comeback concert before his death opened in midnight last night. here in washington fans lined up outside the up town theater. the film will run for more than two weeks. many theaters are already reporting sold-out shows. former governor sarah palin is getting paid well for her new book according to a newly filed financial disclosure form, she'll be paid at least $1.25 million. the paper describes the money as
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only a retainer for the book and does not disclose her full compensation. "going rogue: an american life" is scheduled to be released november 17th. an update on the violence is just ahead. trouble in washington. what a new poll has to say about president obama and about the lawmakers in congr
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how you can save time for a price. wet wednesday. it rained all through the night here in washington. we'll tell you whether wet roads might affect your commute this morning. welcome back to "news4 today." i'm joe krebs. >> i'm barbara harrison. it's wednesday, october 28th, 2009. meteorologist tom kierein here to talk about the weather. good morning. >> good morning. we've had the heavier rain overnight move north and east of the metro tomorrow area. we still have in its wake a lot of standg water, especially in the construction zones. you can't see it because it's still very dark. looking at the radar now a few lingering showers across eastern west virginia, northern virginia, maryland and parts of the district. this will continue november off to the north and east as the morning progresses. look at the totals we've had in the last couple of days. 2 to 2 1/2 inches and more around the region. most of the bulk of the rain now
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is gone. 57 now in washington. that heavier rain may cause flight delays from philadelphia up through new york city and boston later this morning. for the rest of the day, maybe a little sun coming back with highs in the mid 60s. low 50s tomorrow morning. mostly cloudy, thursday and friday, highs low 60s. maybe a passing shower with a high near 70. just a chance of a passing shower saturday night. hopefully this week will be a lot better than now. let's go to jerry edwards and take a look at the roads. jerry? >> good morning. we have had a couple of issues already this morning. top side of the capital beltway. right side of the outer loop. left side, the inner loop. between i-95 and college park into silver spring, left side the outer loop at georgia avenue, just volume. the earlier accident near connecticut avenue is completely out of the roadway. no lanes blocked. northeast washington, buenning and banneker drive northeast,
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that's the location where the traffic lights are out because of a power oute. southern maryland you're okay. out on the rails, so far, so good this morning. metro rail, marc and vre, no delays. barbara and joe, back to you. >> thank you, jerry. this morning we're following two breaking news stories overseas. terror attacks in afghanistan and pakistan. kimberly suiters is in the newsroom with the latest. good morning. >> good morning, joe and barbara. 12 people died in this surprise suicide attack. one of them it turns out was an american working for the u.n. six u.n. staffers were achl month those killed in the attack by suicide bombers. three gunmen with automatic weapons an suicide vests stormed a guest house in kabul. united nations staffers were known to stay there. another nine u.n. employees were injured in that attack. all three gunmen died. the taliban has claimed responsibility for that violence. and more deadly violence in northwest pakistan as well coinciding with the trip by u.s. secretary of state hillary rodham clinton.
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she was three hours' drive away from the capital islamabad, again, in pakistan when a bomb exploded in a crowded market. we're told at least 57 people were killed there. 100 more were injured. we understand the secretary of state was there in pista t congratulate the government on its crackdown of militants. reporting in the newsroom, i'm kimberly suiters, barbara, back to you. >> thanks, kimbey. this morning flags are flying at half staff at the drug enforcement administration as agentses remember three colleagues killed earlier this week in afghanistan. special agent michael weston of d.c., special agent chad michael of quantico and special agent forest lemon of dale city were killed on monday they died in a helicopter crash that claimed the live of seven u.s. service members. the men were in the country fighting against opium trade that funds insurgent activity. the cause of the crash is still under investigation. this is the deadliest month for the united states in
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afghanistan in eight years. the entire time of the war. the economy is still in a smp and health care reform is on a bumpy road in congress. amid all of that, an nbc news "wall street journal" poll suggests the public is not happy with what's going on here in washington. brooke hart is live in capitol hill with more on this. good morning, brooke. good morning to you, joe. americans are weighing in on this u new poll. we find growing pessimism near the one-year mark of the president who campaigned on change: a year after president obama's election he acknowledged a glum national mood. campaigning for virginia's democrat for governor last night. >> this is going to be a tough race: we've got a tough economy. >> reporter: 58% of those polled say the economic slide is not over, up from last month. >> enough is enough! >> reporter: anger showed on chicago streets. hundreds demanded banks spread ilout help around. ball initiatives get mixed
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signals. on health care reform, 42% to 38% oppose the president's plan. but the public option is gaining support, 48% to 42% favor it. a reversal from last month, even as democrats try to win over their own. >> it's not really a public option. it's a consumer option. >> reporter: another shift is on afghanistan where today militants stormed a u.s. guest house in kabul, the third straight day of attacks,22 americans killed, including corporal greg flurry of alaska. his grandther remembers him. >> 23 years old. it's such a loss to have someone that young, future ahead of him. >> reporter: 47% to 43% of americans now back a troop surge. that's reversed from last month. general staey mcchrystal's call for a build-up gaining ground. >> we've got to do something different. that's why i think mcchrystal is on to something. i think we've either got to do
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that or get out. >> reporter: by more than 2-1 the americans want the president to leave the troop levels to the generals. when it comes to the president, 61% praise him personally. for the first time since he took office, most americans, 52% to 36% say the country is on the wrong track. live on capitol hill. i'm brooke hart. joe and barbara, back to you. >> brooke, thanks very much. new today, a small explosion overnight inside an apartment buildingn northwest. 1501 connecticut avenue. there were no injuries and only minor damage. still no word on the cause. our time right now is 5:36. 57 degrees out there. sick of your long commute? a new short kut is in the works. why you might have to p through the nose to use it. wouldn't that be uncomfortable. plus an annual tradition. why these competitors picked heels instead of running shoes.
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our time is 5:39. 21 minutes until 6:00 in the morning. look at that bleary-eyed look at the beautiful washington monument this morning. 57 degrees out there. at least misting, drizzling. in some places we had heavy rain overnight. >> that's not your blurry vision. free food with this news4 bargain blast. right now you can buy double or triple entree at panda express and get another one for
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free. for the coupon, go to nbcwashington.com and search bargain blast. tom is here. let's find out whether the rain is gone, going to move out of the region. >> most of the heavier, steadier rain is gone. we still have a few lingering showers. we got soaked overnight. as we look at the radar now, still a few lingering showers, these are moving southwest to northeast. these showers continue across northern virginia from near fredricksburg up through fauquier county, into loudoun county and clark and warren and into the northern part of the shenandoah valley, panhandle of west virginia. another band of showers north and east of washington from prince george's county and exiting anne arundel and up around baltimore in the eastern shore. now up to 59 in washington and temperatures elsewhere in the 50s, low 60s on the eastern shore. upper 50s in the mountains. the last six hours showing the heavier rain that did come through is over new jersey and heading toward the new york city area. for the rest of the day, maybe some sun breaking out late this morning into this afternoon. highs reaching the mid 60s.
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then tomorrow, mostly cloudy. highs low 60s. morning low low 50s. friday afternoon low 60s and mostly cloudy. maybe a passing shower on saturday for trick or treaters. we'll look atunday next week and the national travel forecast at 5:51. let's go to jids who is keeping a look on the local travel situation. what's it look like? >> taking a live look along new york avenue at ninth street in northeast. moving along pretty well with increasing volume. the problem, the traffic lights on new york avenue as you come off the anacostia river heading toward blade dense berg road, those lights are completely out as they are along parts of bl e bladensburg road. the accident on the outer loop of the beltway near connecticut is complety gone. 270, frederick into rockville we're okay. quiet on 95, bw parkway and route 50. barbara and joe, back to you. >> thanks, jerry. our time right now is 5:41.
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frmths good morning. i'm kimberly suiters live in the newsroom. if you're joining us, these are the top stories our news team is working on. first in afghanistan. a surprise attack in the capital of kabul took the lives of 12 people. six of them, including one american, were u.n. staffers living in a guest house. three gunmen with automatic weapons and suicide vests stormed the guest house. all through gunmen died. another nine u.n. employees were injured. the taliban has claimed responsibility. here in d.c. police are
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asking your help to find a 12-year-old girl named diamond barnes last seen friday at the minnesota avenue metro station located in the 4000 block of minnesota avenue northeast. diamond is described as a medium complex black female, five feet tall, weighing 90 pounds with black hair. last seen wearing blue jeans, a cesar chavez shird and a hoodie. if you have information, call 202-727-9099. metro making changes to its popular smart benefits program. more than 200,000 people use it which allows employers to deposit commuting money directly into the employee's smart trip card. under the new system the money will be put into a separate account and whatever is not used at the end of the month will be returned to that employer. barbara, back to you. this morning two northwest airlines pilots who missed their destination airport by 150 miles
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are without their pilot's licenses. they got revoked. an attorney for the faa say it is pilots put their passengers in serious jeopardy last week. air traffic controllers lost n contact with the cockpit for over an hour. the pilots told investigators they were on their personal laptop computers and admitted they didn't monitor radio calls. the pilots have ten days to appeal the decision. this morning we have new details in last year's medevac chopper crash in maryland. the ntsb revealed the pilot lacked the skills necessary for an instrument landing and said there were problems with how air controllers handled some of the communications. the state police medical police helicopter went down in a wooded area in district heights back in september of 2008. four of the five people on board were killed including the pilot. investigators say fatigue may have contributed to the pilot's problems that night. this morning the coast guard
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admits it was a bad idea to conduct a training exercise near the pentagon on september 11th of this year. but they say no one violated any agency policies. their training maneuvers and radio broadcasts led to false reports of gunfire on the potomac. those reports grounded some flights at reagan national airport. this happened while president obama was attending a 911 memorial service at the pentagon. in an internal review the coast guard said it was ill-adsed. if they had known the president was nearby, they would have rescheduled. this morning we're connected to your commute. tonight you can make your voice heard about what could be one of the most costly tolls in the krunity. the intercounty connector will eventually connect gaithersburg with laurel. the convenience may set you back more than $6.00 each way. tracee wilkins is standing by live with more on this. >> reporter: good morning. we're live where they'll be having a public meeting later tonight. because the icc is coming.
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if you want to use it, you'll have to pay for it. the icc is quickly moving forward. the $2.56 billion six-lane highway will be the new connection between montgomery county and prince george's. lit be a toll road with variable cost depending on traffic volume. the proposed tolerates are the liest in the country. during rush hour the maryland transportation authority's board is recommending tolls range from 25 to 35 cents per mile and 20 to 30 centing during non-peak. driving the full 18.8 miles could cost as much as $6.15 each way. but officials say most commuters aren't expected to drive more than five miles on the icc at a time. we asked folks in both montgomery and prince george's county, what do you think of those prices? >> i know things co, but i've been on many freeway, and none of them is going to cost as much as this will. >> i think they need to price it in such a way that it's a good value, people find it's a great way to commute and they can
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utilize it and afford it. otherwise, if they outprice it, it will be a negative thing and won't get the use it's intended for. >> reporter: the meeting here at high point high school happens tonight from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. also another meeting in montgomery county at shady grove middle school from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. tomorrow night. if you want your voice heard when it comes to toll costs, you shou come. in beltsville, i'm tracee wilkins. back to you in the studio. >> tracee, thanks very much. barbara? this time next week we should know who the next governor of virginia will be. until then a lot of heavy campaigning from both campaigns. today they will both focus on northern virginia. republican bob mcdonnell will visit green spring retirement community this morning. campaigning with him will be former new york city mayor rudy giuliani. the latest poll has mcdonnell leading the race by 11 points. democrat creigh deeds will make several stops today as well as
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northern virginia community college in sterling, south lakes high school in reston and at a halloween parade in vienna. this comes on the heels of a large rally in norfolk yesterday where deeds was joined by president obama. polls show president obama is very popular in the northern part of the state. members of dee campaign hope that popularity will spill over. >> believe that we would turn our back on the progress tim kaine has made here in virginia. i'm absolutely that we can if you are willing to work in this last week. >> deeds also encouraged voters to overlook the recent poll numbers calling them exaggerated. joe? current virginia governor tim kaine this morning says he will watch a video sent to him by the attorneys for sniper john allen mohammed. the video is petitioning for clemency. cain says it would have to demonstrate he is innocent or there was such a significant
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error in his trial to be a violation of the constitution for him to overturn the execution. mohammed is set to be executed in two weeks by lethal injection. this morning nasa will try to launch the ares 1x rocket. the launch is scheduled between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. yesterday's launch was rescheduled due to weather. the rocket is equipped with more than 700 sensors in which engineers hope to collect information for a post shuttle replacement. it is 5:51. time for traffic and weather on the 1s. here is tom. we had the steady heavy rain coming down, pounding on your roof overnight. the heaviest rain now is gone. we still have a few lingering showers this morning. there's a damp look at washington's skyline. there's 395, and the traffic moving on wet pof pavement this morning. wet leaves and ponding of water as well from those heavy rains, those areas of poor drainage. as we look at the radar, we have one more band of rain yet to
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come through here over the next hour. that will be coming through in probably about an hour or so coming in out of virginia. this stretches all the way down we of fredricksburg, through fauquier and louk, steady rain there. this is moving into frederick, montgomery county in the next half hour or so. that should be the end of the rain for today. maybe a few lingering spinningless by mid morning. look at the totals we've had. just in the last couple days, two inches in washington and nearby suburbs, over two inches in frederick, 2.7 in southern maryland. weather watchers in the northern neck has have three inches of rain west of the way. in the shenandoah valley, weather watchers reporting 1.3 to 1.5 inches of rain. temperatures holding steady all night in the 50s. right now 59 in washington. here we were six hours ago, the steady rain across virginia and maryland and the district and west virginia. over the last six hours the bulk of this has pulled north and east of us. we're getting breaks in the clouds far to our south and west this morning. if you'r traveling today, maybe
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some delays for flights in south florida, from thunderstorms and snow. from northern new mexico up into colorado, heavy snow possible there. and then rain for the northern plains and it could be flight delays into new england for later on today for that rain. as we look at our forecast, maybe a few lingering sprinkles by mid morning. but most of it should be done. then sun breaking out after that. we ought to make it into the mid 60s during the afternoon. sunrise at 7:31. sunset at 6:12. overnight tonight should be mostly cloudy. in the low 50s by dawn on thursday. then during the day tomorrow, mostly cloudy. afternoon highs climbing into the low 60s. it looks like we'll have more of the same on friday. mostly cloudy, maybe little peek of sunshine in and out both thursday and friday. friday in the low 60s again. as we get into the weekend for saturday, for halloween, afternoon highs climbing to near 70. a mild day and cloudy. but there was a chance of a passing shower. it doesn't look like we'll have a washout by any means.
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just a chance of a passing shower saturday and perhaps again on sunday now it appears we might have a passing shower. otherwise partly sunny sunday. turn our clocks back one hour saturday night. dry monday and tuesday. that sounds good. all right for a change. let's check on the traffic. here is yesterday with the news4 traffic network. jerry? >> good morning. a live look with an accident, montgomery kocounty, outer loopf the beltway right at new hampshire avenue as you leave prince george's county. right at the beginning of the exit ramp from the outer loop to go on to new hampshire avenue. police, fire and rescue crews on the scene dealing with that. not a big backup this early in the morning. along i drk 95 northbound, no worries there. you should find the lanes open to the capital beltway. out on the rails we have two delays, marc rail camden south, train 841 seven minutes. on the penn south line, train 503, five minutes. vre and marc looking good.
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joe? >> thanks very much, jerry. a reminder about a serious recall involving toyota and lexus vehicles. federal investigators now say a deadly crash was likely caused because of the car's floor mats. last month's accident killed a california highway patrol officer and his family while the officer was driving the car, the gas peddle stuck to the mat and he couldn't stop the car because there was no key. here is the information on the floor mat recall. it involves more than four million vehicles including the lexus es 350, the is 250 and the is 350 as well as models of the toyota camry, the avalon, the prius, takoma and tundra. toyota say ifs you drive those vehicles listed, take the mats out immediately, but do not replace them. this morning the government could take more measures to help keep loans available to people buying gm and chrysler vehicles.
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gmac financial services may be getting a third round of taxpayer bailout money. the "wall street journal" reports the.s. government could hand over another 2.8 to 5.6 billion to gmac. the government has already provided $12.5 billion of aid to the company and holds a 35% stake in the lender. one of the big complaints in our economic downturn about banks raising interest rates on credit card customers. earlier this year congress and the federal reserve moved to crack down on what they call unfair and deceptive credit card practices. but they gave the banks until next february to apply. a new study finds the banks have taken full advantage of the delay. >> the banks have been using this window of time to increase rates more significantly than we've seen in recent memory. >> the study finds that since january, rates have gone up 20% acss the board. the banks say these increases are justified because their costs have gone up.
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now congress is talking about accelerating reforms and freezing interest rates. rest in peace on facebook. the social networking se plans to offer to memorialize profiles of the dearly departed their their friends or family request it. the site would make changes such as removing contact information and barring people from logging in. the profile won't appear in facebook's suggestions section. many races, of course, make their way through the streets of d.c., but none quite like the dupont high heel drag race. last night dozens of runners put on wigs, makeup and high heels for the 23rd annual event. the race included a bit of a tribute to michael jackson's "thriller," even through the rain some of those taking part sported colorful costumes. some spectators paidxtra for tickets right at the finish line. most of the proceeds are going through the historic dupont circle main street organization. great looking shoes, too.
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coming up next at 6:00 a.m.,
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clogged up commute. the rain is pretty much starting to slow down and stop. but the roads are still wet. trees and wires are down all around the area. find out where you need to steer clear of. breaking news, more unrest in afghanistan. early today the taliban attacked a u.n. building killing at least one american. good morning, thanks for waking up with us this morning for "news4 today." i'm barbara harrison. >> good morning to you. i'm joe krebs on this wednesday, 28th day of october, 2009. you can still see the lights of the city reflected on
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low-hanging clouds out there. let's e see whether the rain is continuing or moved out. >> here is tom kierein with us this morning as he always is, when he's not on vacation, which he hasn't been for a while. >> it's been a while. we've had the moderate to heavy rain tapering off. we see the color on radar. we have a few scattered showers in western stafford and spotsylvania county, fredricksburg and dale city shortly and southern fauquier county and into prince william. another batch of rain in loudoun county that stretes across the potomac into frederick, washington county and the extreme western panhandle of west virginia. other showers on the eastern shore. temperatures in the region in the 50s. 59 in washington. that rain did come through since midnight and tapering off. for the rest of the day, maybe sunshine breaking out with highs reaching the mid 60s. mostly cloudy, the low 50s by dawn tomorrow. partly to mostly cloudy. maybe a passing shower saturday. a look into next week will be coming up this half hour.
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>> speaking of sunshine, let's go to jerry edwards now, take a look at the roadways. jerry, what's it look like out there? >> good morning. we'll start on the top side of the capital beltway where there are one or two vehicles tieing up the far right side outer loop at the exit to go toward university boulevard. an accident with police on the seen. another accident with three lanes closed outer loopf the beltway near route 450 in prince george's county. out on the rails this morning, continuing delays, camden south, train 841, nine minutes late. penn south traet 503, six minutes. re and metro rerting no early issues. another trouble spot is on route 1 in college park where megan mcgrath joins us live. what's going on out there? >> reporter: good morning. we have issues here along route 1 withstanding water. you can see public works trucks have come to the area, actually blocked off the right lane in both directions here on route 1.
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we've got water that has gone out into the roadway. it's high enough that it would causpeople to perhaps spin out, hide plane. that sort of thing, they're keeping people out of the right lane. they've brought in two trucks, one behind me. there's lot another one on the other side after the interchange with 193, and they're blocking off that right lane as well. we've had a lot of water here overnight. if you were awakened in the middle of the night, you could hear it coming down. it was raining for hours very, very heavily. that's created problems withstanding water. we've also seen issues with trees down. a number of trees down in northwest washington, macarthur boulevard near ash by, a trae down across the roadway there blocking the outbound lanes of macarthur. also an issue at broad branch. a huge tree down that's blocked that street off in both directions. a lot of issues here because of
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the rain. we're still seeing it. it's going to probably impact rush hour, no doubt. barbara, back to you >> megan, thank you. breaking news to tell you about right now. a bombing at a women's market in pakistan has killed at least 80 people. more than 100 people were also injured in this attack. this video just coming in to us. the blast comes at the same time the secretary of state hillary clinton is visiting pakistan. but she is at least three hours away in islamabad. we're also following breaking news out of afghanistan where the taliban attacked a u.n. guest house in kabul. kimberly suiters is following the breaking details in our newsroom right now. kimberly? >> this was a surprise suicide attack. it left 12 people dead including one american. this was the scene yesterday when six u.n. staffers were among those killed in the attack by the suicide bombers. three gunmen with automatic weapons and suicide vests stormed a guest house in kabul. the united nations staffers were
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known to stay there. another nine u.n. eloyees were injured in that attack. all thre of the gunmen who carried out the attack died. the taliban has claimed responsibility for the violence there. now, later a rocket slammed into the grounds of a luxury hotel. it's very popular with foreigners. the good news in that situation is that rocket did not detonate. reporting live in the newsroom, kimberly suiters. joe, back to you. >> kimberly, thanks very much. ts this morning flags are flying at half staff at the drug enforcement administration as agents remember three colleagues killed earlier this week in afghanistan. special agent michael e weston, special agent chad michael and special agent forest lemon were all killed on monday. they died in the a helicopter crash that also claimed the life of seven u.s. service members. the men were in the country fighting against opium trade which ofn funds insurgent activity. >> it's a solemn day for us
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here, a difficult loss to have three agents, particularly these three who had worked so hard -- >> the cause of that helicopter crash is still under investigation. president obama is closer to making a decision about what to do about u.s. troops in afghanistan. the top u.s. military commander in that country wants 40,000 more troops. the president is set to meet with joint chiefs of staff on friday. next week at this time, we should know who has won the virginia governor's race, but until then the two candidates are hard at work pounding the campaign trail. today the focus is on northern virginia. republican bob mcdonnell will travel to springfield with former new york city mayor rudy giuliani. democrat creigh deeds meanwhile will make stops in sterling, s reston and vienna. this comes on the heels of yesterday's rally in norfolk where he was joined by president barack obama. >> i don't believe that we would turn our back on the progress that tim kaine has made here in
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virginia. i am absolutely confident that we can if you are willing to work in this last week. >> deeds also urged his voters to overlook the recent poll numbers calling them exaggerated. new today, a small explosion overnight inside an apartment building in northwest washington. it happened in the 5200 block of connecticut avenue. there were no injuries and only minor damage. still no word on the cause. a developing story out of san francisco this morning. that's where the bay bridge remains shut down after a cable snapped. the 5,000-pound piece of metal fell onto the westbound lanes. two vehicles were either hit by the debris or collided with it. no one was injured though. authorities say the cable snapped in the same section of the bridge where a big crash happened earlier this month. coming up this morning, a missing teenager in prince george's county who disappeared without a trace six months ago.
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the government tries to calm fears about not having enough swine flu vaccine for everyone. with all the rain we've seen recently, your weather and traffic together, could be messy
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we have breaking news out of sandy spring right now. let's head out there with kimberly suiters to see what's going on. >> understand people are trapped
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in a vehicle there and need to be rescued. is that right? >> reporter: at least one person needs to be rescued. they are being res kaiedight now because the vehicle is trapped in high water. this is in the 1800 block of bright ten dam road and sandy spring maryland. the roads around that area are shut down because of the high water, something to consider on your morning commute. we're hearing reports of a lot of water, especially as these leaves are stopping up storm drains around the area and the rain continues to me down. live in the newsroom, kimberly suiters, joe and baara, back to you. >> of course the rain continues to come down. tom is here to tell us how much longer this is going tlast. >> it has tapered off considering what we had earlier. we had up to an inch to an inch and a half that fell during a short period of time as a result. we have standing water that is slowly receding this morning. still a few lingering light showers across northern virginia and into northern montgomery county and frederick and washington unties, this is
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continuing to move to the north and east. mild morning comparatively. in the upper 50s to near 60 now. over the last six hours we've had the heavier rain moving off far to our north and east. we may get a few breaks in the clouds. mostly cloudy thursday and friday, highs low 60s. near 70 on. for halloween it will be cloudy and maybe a passing shower through the day and perhaps for trick-or-treat eers on saturday night. a look at sunday and next week at 6:21. there are reports of high water around the region. let's see if jerry edwards has more reports on things like that and what other problems commuters are facing. >> just be very, very careful, particularly back in the neighborhoods. as kimberly mentioned, areas that don't drain well, construction zones and the areas where a lot of leaves have come down. this is interstate 66 inside the ka tall beltway picking aup fair amount of volume. on the enter states, 95, 395, 66, no major accidents to report. we have a couple of other issue
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to deal with. had the accident outer loop of the beltway at route 450, that's just over the to to shoulder now. and the power is back on through northeast, new york avenue and bladensburg road getting back to normal over there. good news. barbara and joe, back to you. >> jerry, thanks very much. time 6:13. a local mother's desperate search for her son who has now been missing for six months. $the 6.00 you could soon be paying every day to shorten your commute. the disparaging remark a congressman made about a female adviser to f
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good morning everyone. i'm kimberly suiters. if you're just joining us, these are the top stories we're working on for you this morning. first, internationally we need to tell you about a bombing at a woman's market in pakistan that killed at least 80 people. more than 100 people were also hurt in the attack. the blast comes at the same time as secretary of state hillary clinton's visit to pakistan. she is at least three hours away
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in islamabad. a surprise attack in the capital of afghanistan takes the lives of 12 people, six of them were u.n. staffers. one of them turns out to be an american. they were all living in a guest house. three gunmen with automatic weapons and suicide vests stormed the house. all three gunmen eventually died. another nine u.n. employees were injured. the taliban has claimed responsibility. and we have breaking news to tell you about in the brookville area. the address is the 1800 block of brighton dam road. we're told a driver is trapped in the vehicle because of high water. he's being rescued at this moment by swift water rescue teams. this is something to consider as you go out and about this morning and you see the rain continuing to come down, leaves stopping up the drains. that's the situation there in the 1800 block of brighton dam road. one vehicle trapped. a person trapped in that vehicle because of high water. joe, back to you. >> kimberly, thanks very much.
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this mning we're connected to your commute. drivers in maryland will get the chance to sound off tonight about what many will see as some of the most expensive tolls in the united states. we're talking about the intercounty connector. it will run between gaithersburg and laurel. tracee wilkins is standing by live where the meeting will be held later today. good morning, tracee. good morning, joe. it will be the most expensive toll road in the country if these tolerates are approved. tonight icc officials want to hear from you, want to know what you think about all this. the icc is quickly moving forward. the six-lane highway will be the new connection between montgomery and prince george's counties. it will be a toll road with variable costs depending on traffic volume. the prosed tolerates are the highest in the country. during rush hour the maryland transportation authority board is recommending tolls range from 25 to 35 cents per mile and 20 to 30 cents during nonpeak.
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driving the full 18.8 miles could cost as much as $6.15 each way. tonight, if you live in prince george's county, you can come on over to high point high school from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. they'll have a public hearing allowing folks to say what they think in beltsville. tomorrow night at shady drove in gaithersburg from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m., you'll be hearing from folks in the area as well i'm tracee wilkins. back to you in the studio. this morning a pnce george's county family continues to look for their missing son. 16-year-old richard lee knot of temple hills has been missing for six months. his family last saw him friday, april 24th. he went out for the night and never returned. richard's mom received a letter from him two days after he disappeared. >> richard said, mom, i'm okay. i got to get myself together. i'm going to go back to school.
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and he said he loved me, and that was it >> since then, no contact with the missing teen. prrnlg county investigators say they've gotten a few leads but are asking for the public's health. they're also working with maryland state police and baltimore county is the focus of their investigation. concerns about the swine flu could keep visitors out of several local hospitals. new rules take effect today at mary washington hospital and stafford hospital center. both will now use color-coded signs to notify visitors of the conditions. green is the least restrictive meaning patients with flu like symptoms will be barred. yellow prohibits visitors under 18. and red means only spouses, significant others and caregivers will be allowed. it also means no overnight visitation. today in montgomery county another chance to get the vaccine. today's clinics are only for those ages 2-24 and only the nasal spray swine flu vaccine will be offered. north wood, rockville and
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northwest high schools will host the clinics today from 4:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. this morning it looks like the swine flu vaccine will be easier for everyone to get their hands on. according to centers for disease control, the vaccine is starting to trickle out a little faster. at this rate the u.s. may actually make its latest goal of hang 28 million doses by the end of the month. health officials say it's taken longer than expected to grow the vaccine in the lab. overtime the government expects to have as many as 225 million doses of the vaccine if needed. florida congressman alan grayson is apologizing for a comment he made about an aide to fed chairman ben bernanke. we won't say what it is on the air. it is a woman considered to be derogatory to women. this happened during a heated radio interview back in september. grayson says he was referencing the woman's background as a former lobbyist for enron. now in sports, the wizards are off to a good start. here is lindsay czarniak with your sports minute.
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hey there, good morning everybody. your sports minute begins with the wizards season opener last night in dallas. new head coach flip sanders and his chargers played well against the mavericks. arenas poured in 29 points, dished in nine assists while foy and blatche had huge nights off the bench. the wizards win their first season opener since 2005. to the ice t capitols were home against the flyers. the caps spotted philly a two-goal lead. the alexes led the comeback. ovechkin scored twice including a late empty net ter and semen scored the game winner as washington wins the fifth in the a row 4-2. redskins are on their bye and they're thankful. they got some tough news before the break. chris cooley broke his ankle monday night. at first redskins believed he would be done for the season. late yesterday they learned it might not be as bad as originally thought. cooley could miss as little as
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four weeks. cooley will have surgery this morning. the redskins may have an interesting choice to make. that's your sports minute. i'm lindsay sarn yark. have a great day. that looked painful, didn't it? it is raining still out there. let's go to tom kierein to find out how long it's going to last. >> yes. and watch out for standing water in some of the small creeks and steems may be out of their banks. still with it being so dark, it's very difficult to see that high water. as we go back over the last six hours, the bulk of the heaviest steadier rain pulling north and east of us, still a few scattered showers around this morning. we'll have it tapering off and ending the next couple hours. sunshine back this afternoon, a little bit. highs mid 60s. mostly cloudy thursday and friday, highs low 60s, should be cloudy on saturday. perhaps a passing shower with a high near sunday. small chance of a shower sunday. jerry, somehow the traffic? >> a live look on the capital beltway. left side is the outer loop. right side is the inner loop. it is crawling this morning as you travel from college park
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headed to points west. elsewhere we had the accident outer loop of route 450 that's out of the roadway. 202 inside the beltway right at the interchange of route 50, an accident, a lot of emergency equipment reportedly on the seen there. out on the rails we have delays particularly on the marc line this morning. camden south train 843, brunswic890, penn 400 is running up to 25 minutes late. penn south 503. and pen south 509, all delayed this morning. thank you, jerry. the new rules about to take effect for anyone who gets money on their smart trip card from >> the beating and rape at a high school with 20 witnesses and no one stopped the attack. the bombshell
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in his upcoming autobiography. tennis great andre agassi admits to using crystal meth. he says he used it in 1997 when he suffered a wrist injury. it's also the year he married brooke shields. they divorced two years later. police in california are looking for six men who brutally
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gang raped a 15-year-old girl. the attack happened outside a high school homecoming dance. a 19-year-old man has been arrested in the case. police believe six others took part. what's even more disturbing, investigators believe morehan a dozen people may have been watched the teen girl being attacked. they say no one helped the girl as she lay partially conscious. breaking news out of montgomery county. crews are on the seen of a high water rescue with one car stuck. we're following two other breaking news stories this morning. deadly attacks. one in pakistan. the other in afghanistan. at least one american has been killed. it's a messy and wet commute this morning. we have your weather and traffic together on t
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well, we have good news and bad news for you this morning. the good is the rain is stopping. the bad is the roads are wet and trees are down, making for a very rough rush hour this morning. your weather an traffic together just seconds away. breaking news. the taliban attacks again in afghanistan. this time the target is a uflt n. building. and we've learned at least one american was killed. good morning and welcome back to "news4 today." i'm joe krebs. >> i'm barbara harrison.
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it is wednesy, october 29th, 2009. looking outside, cloudy skies. heavy clouds. rain falling, causing real problems out there. we'll talk to tom about that right now and then we have things we want to tell you about that are happening out there. >> a quick inch to an inch and a half of rain in a few hours around midnight. as a result many small creaks d streams still out of their banks. we're looking at the radar. we have a few lingering light showers along interstate 95 from fredricksburg into washington. north of washington across montgomery, howard counties, frederick and carroll, this is heading to the north and east. temperatures in the 50s. now 59 in washington. over the last six hours, the heaviest of rain was about 1:00 or 2:00 this morning, that's now up toward new jersey and the new york city area. maybe some minor flight delays, philadelphia to boston late they are morning. we may have a lingering sprinkle mid morning. overall drying and sunshine back this afternoon with highs many the mid 60s. then cloudy tonight.
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the low 50s, tomorrow morning, mostly cloudy thursday and friday. could get a passing shower on saturday. my next report is in ten minutes at 6:41. barbara and joe. >> thanks, very much. let's go to jerry edwards to take a look at the roadways. >> a tough commute headed into southeast. live pictures inbound south capital street. a word of an accident involving multiple vehicles here. backing up very, very quickly. 295 to the 11th street bridge up to the sousa, a much better bet. stay away from the douglas bridge until authorities clear that wreck. out on the rails this morning, metro and vre still fine. we still have continuing marc rail delays, camden south 843, brunswick 890, penn north, 400 up to almost 30 minutes there. penn south 503 and penn south 509 with significant delays this morning. we have some breaking news
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to tell you about. we have a couple of cars stuck in high water in montgomery county. kimberly suiters is in our newsroom. she has the latest. >> now we're hearing two cars trapped in high water, at least two people, perhaps more being rescued right now because their cars drove right into water they thought they could get by. you know how that turns out when e we have heavy rains like this and drains back up. this is in the brookville area. as tom kierein was telling me, he knows the area well, appropriately named because there a brook running there, a narrow bridge in the area, and so when we get heavy rains like this, flooding does happen. so two cars swept into those high waters. we know at least two people being rescued. the exact address is the 1800 block of brighton dam road. the roads in that area have been blocked off because of the high water. we do have a crew on the way. we'll bring you the pictures as soon as we get there. live in the newsroom, kimberly
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suiters. joe, back to you. >> kimberly, thanks very much. following two breaking news stories overseas this morning. that's whe a boing at a market has now killed at least 80 people. more than 100 others were injured. the blast comes at the same time that secretary of state hillary clinton is visiting that country. she is three hours away from the capital, islamabad when the blast took place. in afghanistan the taliban has at tablgd a u.n. guest house. six u.n. staffers were among those killed in that suicide bombing. three gunmen with automatic weapons reportedly stormed the guess house in kabul. all three gunmen died. the taliban has claimed responsibility. this morning those who work for the drug enforcement administration here in washington are remembering three colleagues killed in afghanistan. special agent michael west ton of d.c., special agent chad michael of quantico and special agent forest lemon of dale city were all killed on monday. they died in a helicopter crash that also claimed the life of
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seven u.s. service members. a neighbor says liam mon and his wife were expecting their first child. >> he was a great man. he's the guy of kind you're happy and proud to have him as your neighbor. i just -- i felt safe around here with him there. >> the men were in afghanistan to fight the opium trade there which often funds insurgent activity. the cause of the helicopter crash remains under investigation. president obama is closer to making a decision about what to do for u.s. troops for afghanistan. he's set to meet with the joint chiefs of staff on friday. the top u.s. military commander in afghanistan, general stanley mcchrystal wants 40,000 more troops. the president made it clear that an immediate withdrawal is not in the cards. current virginia governor tim kaine says he will watch a video sent to him by the lawyers for sniper john allen mohammed. the video is petitioning for
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clemency. kaine says it would have to demonstrate he is innocent. mohammed is set to be put to death by lethal injection in in two weeks. more than 200,000 people use the smart benefits program which allows employers to deposit commuting money directly into an employee's smart trip card. under the new system the money will be put into a separate account and whatever is not used at the end of the month will be returned to the employer. people who contribute part of their own pre-tax money to the program have raised concerns about this. metro is advising these people to talk with their employers. we have word of a train fire, breaking news. let's go to kimberly suit ners the newsroom to see what's going on. good morning again. >> good morning again. if you use amtrak in new carrollton in garden city drive, there is a small fire aboard one
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of the amtrak trains. these means all amtrak train traffic has been shut down. the parking lot there at new carrollton has also been shut down to allow fire crews to go in and take care of the situation. we'll let you know when amtrak trains are back up and running. right now amtrak train traffic is shut down because of a fire on one train. barbara, back to you. >> kimberly, thank you. the coast guard admits to making a mistake while out on the potomac river that many in washington will not soon forget. the candidates in virginia's governor's race bring in heavy hitters. we talk to voters about what kind of impact they might make if any. the rain has pretty much left the area. the roads are still wet making for a sometimes treacherous commute out there. your weather and traffic together coming up next at 6:41.
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traffic heavy out there now, moving slowly through the rain, wet roadways to contend with this morning. 59 degrees the current temperature. welcome back everyone. tom joins us in the studio to take a look at the forecast to see if the rain will move completely out of the area. >> it will shortly. we had the heavier rain overnight. as a result we've had many creeks and streams out of their
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banks. swift water rescue underway east ofvil of brookville. in north ern montgomery county the rain has ended. it's still raining farther to the south along the potomac river near fredricksburg this morning. that area of rain is continuing to move off to the east and pulling away. that's going to be the end of it. temperatures around the region are in the mid and upper 50s. 59 in washington. the heaviest rain came through about 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 this morning. may get a few breaks in the clouds this afternoon with high ms. the mid 60s. thursday and friday, mostly cloudy, highs low 60s, near 70 on saturday and should be cloudy. there's a dhans of a passing shower through the day and for trim-or-treaters on saturday night. as wget into the rest of the weekend, maybe some sunshine back on sunday. the national travel forecast coming up in ten minutes at 6:51. barbara and joe? >> okay. thank you, tom. let's go to jerry edwards and the news4 traffic network.
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jerry? >> authorities dealing with an accident southbound kenilworth avenue on east capitol street. only one travel lane getting by, headed from the maryland into the district. in addition, northbound kenilworth at burrows avenue high water with at least one accident there. elsewhere this morning, take a look along 95 in virginia, no hang-ups there. let me update information on marc rail. because of the reported fire at the new carrollton station on the amtrak train, pen north 40 is stopped between washington and new carrollton and it looks like penn south train 503 out of new carrollton will have delays as well. we'll definitely keep you updated on all that through the morning. big messes all the way around. how much would you pay to eliminate the traffic that you're in in your commute? that's the question for many of you in the area. >> the big payday for sarah palin. she receives her first paycheck
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from her new book. why the case of the balloon boy hoax is still up in the air. gócog?
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good morning. welcome back. breaking news out of montgomery
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county. that's where authoriti have been trying to rescue at least two cars that were stuck in high water. but we understand that that situation is over now. kimberly suiters reports live from our control room. >> the information coming in to us now is at least two people were successfully rescued from their vehicles. they were trapped in high water in the brookville area. the exact address, the 1800 block of brighton dam road. tom kierein tells us that's a very narrow area, small bridge. but a creek there that does tend to flood and the people driving there likely didn't realize how deep the water was. so two people at minimum rescued out of two vehicles in montgomery county. the situation is over. we're told they are safe and sound. joe, back to you. kimberly, thanks very much. barbara? >> we are going to continue to outstanding legacy in this great commonwealth and you'll be looking at the next governor of the commonwealth of virginia, creigh deeds.
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>> with just six days until the governor's race, democrat creigh deeds is out there campaigning. he's gaining support from his party's biggest star, president barack obama. over these next few days both candidates will be out in full force. today the focus is on northern virginia. republican bob mcdonnell will travel to springfield with former new york city mayor rudy giuliani. deeds will make stops in sterling, reston and vienna. the latest "washington post" poll has mcdonnell leading deeds by 11 points. deeds hopes yesterday's rally with president obama will help close the gap. >> i think there's still hope. there was a point in obama's election where it didn't look like he'll pull through and all of the sudden it turned around. >> if anybody can bring the enthusiasm is president obama. >> deeds encouraged voters to overlook the recent poll numbers calling them exaggerated. this morning we're connected to your commute. would you pay $6.00 to avoid big backups and take a faster
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shortcut? tonight you can make your voice heard about what could be some of the costliest tolls many the entire country. we're talking about tolls for the intercounty connector under construction right now that will connect gaithersburg and laurel. tracee wilkins has more. >> reporter: we talked with montgomery county residents who have the icc forming in their back yards and also prince george's county residents who plan on using the icc. and everyone is saying the same thing so far, those tolls sound pretty expensive. every day the icc is becoming more and more of a realy. the new six-lane road will be the quick connecting point between prince george's and montgomery counties. >> i think the icc is actually a good thing. i think there's a lot of congestion in this area. >> reporter: now the controversial project that's been decades in the making is dealing with new concerns as drivers prepare to use it, toll prices. >> actually i think it's too exnsive. >> reporter: it will be the most expensive toll road in the nation if the current proposed
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prices are approved. tolls will range from 25 to 35 cents during rush and 20 to 30 cents during nonpeak. it will cost $6.18 each way to drive the full 18 miles of the icc ch officials say most commuters won't do that. >> with all this expense and the disruption we've done to the communities and the land and so forth, we want people to use it and to be able to afford to use it. >> i go from here to baltimore, a flat rate for that. and like i said, going down 50, there's another flat rate for that. per mile is crazy. >> reporter: tonight and tomorrow night the maryland transportation authority board will hold public hearings about the icc and their proposed toll prices. officials say, while they have suggested prices in mind, they want to hear from you as well. >> we want to find out from the
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public what do you think of that range? how is it going to affect you? >> reporter: if you're interested in having your voice heard about the icc, you can come to high point high school tonight in beltsville from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. they'll be holding a public hearing. they have another hearing planned for tomorrow night at shady grove middle school in gaithersbu gaithersburg. in beltsville, i'm tracee wilkins, news4. coast guard officials now admit it was a bad idea to conduct a training exercise near the pentagon on september 11th this year. they say no one violated any agency policies. their training maneuvers and radio broadcasts led to false reports of gunfire on the p potomac. those reports grounded some flights at reagan national airport. this all happened while president obama was attending a 9/11 memorial service at the pentagon. in an internal review, the coast guard said the drill was ill-advised. if they had known the president was nearby, officials say they would have rescheduled. this morning two northwest airlines pilots who missed their destination airport by 150 miles are without their pilots licenses. they have been revoked.
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an attorney for the federal aviation administration say they put their passengers in serious jeopardy. air traffic controllers lost contact with the cockpit for over an hour. the pilots told investigators they were on their personal laptop computers and admitted they didn't monitor radio calls. the pilots have ten days to appeal the decision. the balloon boy case is still up in the air. prosecutors are trying to decide whether to file charges against the parents. they're accused of falsely reporting their son was in a run-away balloon. the father, richard heene denies it was a hoax. investigators say the mother admitted it was a publicity stunt. a special prosecutor is investigating heene's complaint against the sheriff. saying he broke privacy laws by saying social services are looking into the welfare of the heene's sons. the weather is looking better at kennedy space center this morning. nasa is hoping this is the day
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they will test the next generation of the spacecraft. they had to scrub the launch yesterday when clouds moved in. rockets like ares 1x are supposed to replace the aging space shuttle fleet. a panel of experts hinted that this may be the only time we see ares lift off. >> it will go from zero to three million pounds of thrust in less than half a second. >> the real intrigue may be what happens next after the panel of experts report to president obama that ares is the wrong rocket for the u.s. and too expensive to sustain. the entire program, a $445 million project so far is now in danger of being grounded. at least 1.25 million, that's what financial disclosure forms show sarah palin got as an advance for her dog. her memoir titled "going rogue" is scheduled to be released november 17th. the full details of the book
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teal are not known. let's get a final check of our weather right now at 6:51. >> the sky opened up and unloaded torrents of rain last night. as a result we've had reports of flooding and high water and small creeks and streams out of their banks. the water is receding. and now near dawn here in washington we're still about 40 minutes away from sunrise. there's the washington monument poking into the low clouds there. we've had the rain, and in washington as we look at the radar where you see the blue on the screen is light rain, still raining in prince george's county and charles county. it's heading into anne arundel county and moving to the east. a wider view of the radar showing this rain also farther to the north. this is all exiting the region and heading off to the east and the northeast. as a result we will have drying conditions, but here in northern montgomery county we've had a few creeks and streams out of their banks. but elsewhere the steadier rain is pulling far to the north and east and beginning to move away from the region. look at the totals we've had.
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in the last 36 hours, over two inches in washington, almost three in southern maryland and the northern nerkment around two inches in montgomery county, frederick county, 2.75 inches of rain in the last 36 hours. temperatures in the mid and upper 50s around the region. here we were just six hours ago. this is around midnight when we had that heavy rain pulling out of virginia right across the district into maryland. now that's pulling off to the new york city area. if you're traveling, could be flight delays from new york city toward boston later this morning and maybe from thunderstorms in south florida and heavy snows from albuquerque to denver, could be flight delays, too. here is the bus stop forecast, dress your child for a wet and cool morning. maybe a lingering light sprinkle in the next couple hours. holding steady in the 50s. by noontime we ought to be in the low 60s. maybe a little sun breaking out this afternoon. mostly cloudy tonight, low 50s tomorrow morning. mostly cloudy thursday and
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friday, highs low 60s. for saturday, halloween, a chance of a passing shower through the day. for trick-or-treaters saturday night, maybe a passing shower. dry into the first part of next week. let's go to jerry edwards and the news4 traffic network. we have some breakin news to tell you about. apparently there's been a fire on a train track in new carrollton. that's causing some serious problems, jerry. indeed. the fire occurred just a short time ago on an amtrak train at the new carrollton station. authorities now indicating that all penn line traffic between washington and new carrollton is stopped. all trains are stopped. that in addition to the trains being held up on amtrak right now. so all penn line trains on marc rail, trains are stopped. metro will honor marc tickets. we'll keep you updated on that. big problems on marc and amtrak because of the fire at the new carrollton station on an amtrak train. over on the roads, a big
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mess, kenilworth, inbound south capitol street, douglas bridge. multi-car accident tieing up the right side of the roadway. on kenneth worth northbound and southbound, high water causing problems in the district oovps. northbound at burrows we've had a couple of accidents, be careful here. southbound at east capital street. on this side of town, looks like things are relatively calm on the enter states and the roadways. we're here all day and will keep you updated. see you in a few minutes. >> before you head out the door, let's get an update on the top stories from kimberly suiters in the news4 control room. good news to report. the high water rescue, two vehicles trapped, two drivers trapped at minimum. they are safe and sound. they were rescued. this is in the brooksville area of montgomery county. there's a brook there, high water. but the rescue is over. two people safe and sound. be careful as you commute this morning. looking now to international news. the taliban militants wearing suicide vests, they stormed a
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guest house used by u.n. staff in kabul, afghanistan. killing 12 people. one of them wasn american. this marks the largest series of attacks intended to undermine next month's presidential run-off election. a boing at a women's market in pakistan killed at least 80 people. more than 100 people hurt in that attack. the blast comes at the same time as secretary of state hillary clinton is visiting pakistan. she is at let three hours away in islamabad. finally more breaking news for you, this information coming into the control room. we understand there is a water main break near the area of saint elizabeth southeast, the water and sewer authority are working on the situation. fire crews have a contingency plan. clear that air if you can. joe and barbara, back to you. >> busy morning. out the door forecast. the rain is tapering off and ending. a little sunshine back later this afternoon. mostly cloudy thursday and friday. saturday high near 70 and cloudy, maybe a passing shower. perhaps on sunday as well.
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the biggest problem for commuters right now? >> if you're taking the train, amtrak and penn line traffic held up because of a fire on an amtrak train in new carrollton. extra travel time definitely needed today. that is "news4 today." thank you for starting your day with us. >> we hope you'll have a terrific day. we hope you will join us tomorrow morning. we wake up very early. we'll see you at 4:55. have a great day.
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